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Nothing But Pleasure (1940)

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To save money, Buster and his wife decide to drive to Detroit to buy a new car, then drive it home.

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Clarence Plunkett
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Penelope Plunkett wants her husband to keep their old car and use their savings to buy a house, but her husband Clarence has a better idea: sell the car, take a bus trip to Detroit, buy a new car there, and still have money left over for a romantic road trip home. It will be nothing but pleasure, he promises her. Can Clarence deliver on his promise? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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19 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Pleasure, but not much
2 March 2002 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews

Buster and his wife must take a cross-country trip. She wants to travel by train, but Buster spends all their savings on a car ... and then he assures his wife that the long road trip will be "Nothing But Pleasure". Of course, everything goes wrong ... but some of it is funny.

At a low point in his career, comedy genius Buster Keaton cranked out low-budget shorts at Columbia for producer Jules White, in the same production unit where the Three Stooges were turning out some of their best and funniest films. "Nothing But Pleasure" is probably Keaton's best Columbia work ... which isn't saying much.

The only sequence truly worthy of Keaton in this film occurs when his car gets a puncture at the top of a hill. Buster has to change the tyre, but somehow he ends up INSIDE the tyre, and it starts rolling down the hill. You'll laugh at this. Keaton was 44 when he made this film, but he could still handle physical comedy brilliantly.

Watch for a scene on a bus. The little bald man sitting in front of Buster is Bobby Barber, who worked with several major comedians but is seen most frequently in Abbott & Costello films. In real life, Barber had a steady job as Costello's "gofer", which he managed to parlay into brief roles in several movies and on Bud & Lou's television series. Bobby Barber looks like Joe Besser's evil twin.


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